Intro: How to Make a Unique Paper Lampshade
If you want a unique and pretty lampshade that also doesn't break the bank, then you should gather up 2 sheets of your favorite paper and make this cute paper lampshade. It will dress up any room and give it an edgy, non-traditional look. Not bad considering it will take you only 10 minutes and the materials are probably already in your house. Ready, get set, go!
Materials - 2 pieces of pretty 12 x 12 paper (I found a big pack at Ross for $5); scissors ($2); clear tape ($1); clear Contact paper ($5.68); pencil ($0.50)
Time - 10 minutes
Note: For the base, I just used an ugly brass colored one that I already had. I spray painted it white with Krylon Fusion spray paint.
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Step 1: Tape 2 Pieces of Pretty Paper Together on One Side.
Flip it around and tape the outside, so that you are reinforcing both sides of the paper.
(FYI: When you are choosing the pieces of paper, hold them up to the light to see if you still like how they look.)
Step 2: Tape the Other Side of the Pieces of Paper Together to Form a Cylinder.�
Step 3: Place the Cylinder on Top of the Clear Contact Paper, and Draw a Circle Onto the Contact Paper That Is About an Inch Wider Than the Base of the Cylinder.
Step 4: Cut Out the Circle and Remove the Backing.
Then cut slits (~1 inch) in the contact paper all the way around the circle.
Step 5: Place the Circle of Contact Paper on Top of the Cylinder, and Gently Fold Down the Pieces of Contact Paper All the Way Around.
This is what will hold up the paper shade.